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Oldest Dzong in Bhutan

Club your trip to Simtokha Dzong with a trip to the Jungshi paper factory located nearby. Like many... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Kochi (Cochin), India
Nice place to visit

We called at this Dzong on our way to Pinakha and found it interesting it is one of the oldest... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Colchester, United Kingdom
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| 5 Kms South of Thimphu, Thimphu, Bhutan
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 3 May 2014

Simtokha Dzong is supposed to be the First Dzong of Bhutan built in 1629 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel who unified the whole country. The Dzong is located on a hilly place and very quiet. It has beautiful architecture.

3  Thank jamie0901
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 15 May 2015

Its ok to visit place. The location and the surroundings are good. Make sure that you dont take pics inside the main temple (where the buddha statue is kept), else some old monk will go mad. Even though there is no board which says so,...More

1  Thank Shashank S
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Club your trip to Simtokha Dzong with a trip to the Jungshi paper factory located nearby. Like many of the attractions in Thimphu, this old dzong has an understated elegance. Worth a trip if you are interested in Buddhism.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We called at this Dzong on our way to Pinakha and found it interesting it is one of the oldest Dzongs in Bhutan.We enjoyed all the historic and religous sights in Bhutan

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the oldest and first Dzong in Bhutan located in Thimphu place call simtokha five kilometer south from Thimphu and from your hotel at town you can take cab and reach here it is open all the time.Today the Dzong has Bhuddhis school .This...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a pleasant Dzong that we visited just outside of Thimphu. It's on the way back from Dochula Pass. If you have been to Punakha Dzong you could probably give this one a miss.

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Reviewed 12 October 2018

This is old Dzong which was in place when the capital of Bhutan was Phunakha.. Very picturesque and it sits on a small hill offering excellent views !!

Thank Sumant S
Reviewed 18 September 2018

Shouldn't miss visiting the most important monument built by Founding Father of Bhutan His Holiness Zabdrung Rinpochela

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Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

Built in 1629, this is the oldest dzong in Bhutan. You have to like heavy, Tibetan-style Buddhist art, but the chapels have beautiful statues and paintings. If you are a small group, get your guide to arrange for a private blessing by the lama -...More

1  Thank LamN_12
Reviewed 14 July 2018

additional request to come here, not so many tourist but that actually is quite age dzong. good look & worth visit

Thank iamface
Reviewed 9 July 2018

Simtokha Dzong is one of the oldest dzongs in Bhutan. Built in 1629 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, it functions as a monastic centre today.

Thank GurgoomTravels
Reviewed 15 June 2018

Lot of history and a beautiful sight. Just outside Thimpu, you can view it on your way to Dochula Pass.

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